Updated: November 14th, 2019 by Stan Cobb
(Next Update: November 21st, 2019)
Saltwater - Speckled Trout action is still strong. Despite cold temps, and dropping water temperatures, many of the same places are still producing fish. The Rappahannock River, the Piankatank River, Lynnhaven Inlet, and many others are holding quality fish. Shrimp baits, such as the DOA popping rigs, and live shrimp, are working extremely well. Swimbaits and Mirr-o-lures are working well also. Shrimp baits are working for Rockfish, that are inhabiting the same areas as the Specks. Some however, are reporting catching Rockfish that are full of shrimp instead of baitfish. The Potomac is producing the better catches of Rockfish, but many are reporting increasing catches inside the Rappahannock. 4-8 oz tandem rigs are working right now, but as the colder weather settles in, the heavier weights and bigger baits, should work better. Jigging over hard structures throughout the bay, is also working well now for 18-26 inch fish. The colder weather will increase the action for Tautogs on structures like the CBBT. Live crab is best for the Togs. For those making longer runs out to the deeper waters, the Swordfish bite is sill going good. Other species that are still available are the Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi, and Blackfin Tuna. Seabass action is also very good right now, and will continue till the season closes on Dec 31. Garry Oliver of Fishing Unlimited in Nags Head reports plenty of Speckled Trout from both the surf and piers. Surf anglers are also pulling in Sea Mullet, Bluefish, and Red Drum.
Freshwater - Many winter tournaments are starting now, so expect good reports from local Bass fisheris in the area. We have many great options for destinationsof those targeting bass. The lower James and Chickahominy Rivers provide excellent action througout the winter for those willing to brave the elements. Lipless crankbaits, silver buddies, jerkbaits, and jigs are some of the more popular lures that commonly thrown with success. Swimbaits are another presentation that should not be overlooked. Trophy sized fish can be encountered just about any day. 14-20 lbs are what can be expected for winning weights. (5 fish limit) The upper James is in fine shape for the cooler weather Smallmouth bite. These fish will also continue to bite throughout 5he winter. Ramps conditions will vary greatly, as the river levels can be unstable at any time. Often, big piles of mud will accumulate at the ramp areas, due to flooding. The lakes are more consistent, and predictable, as they are often regulated. Lake Anna Bass tend to bite very well throughout the cold season. Crankbaits, jerkbaits, jigs, and swimbaits, are often found on the participants boats. Rock structures, brush, docks, and channel drops, are areas to be explored. Bass can be found front 2 ft to 30 ft during this time. Crappie are on the move also. Shallow docks, brush, and stumps are attractive ambush areas for the Crappie. The bridges will continue to improve for the Crappie as we approach winter. Stripers are on the move as well. The mid to up lake region are turning on now, as they often do. 4 inch swim baits on 1/2 oz, and 3/8 oz jig heads may be the best search baits for the stripers right now. The uplake flats can be especially productive when the water temps hit the 53 degree mark. Topwater baits will also draw strikes from the Stripers now. This is the case wherever landlocked Stripers reside. Do not overlook area ponds, for great action with the Crappie and bass during the month of November.